eCommerce theme to sell both 1) items to deliver and 2) digital art to dowload

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  1. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    Hello Forum,

    We are looking for an eCommerce theme/plugin where customers can select both to have in their shopping cart:

    1) items to be delivered via post e.g a bag of tea and
    2) items to download e.g. digital artwork (jpg, mp3)

    I have found themes which only feature one or the other.

    Responsive and ideally Wordpress.

    Any help greatly appreciated,
    Regards,
    Kris
     
  2. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    A "theme" creates the the "look and feel" of the catalogue system NOT the functionality, if the 'plugin' or the payment gateway that you are using does not support those delivery methods, changing the "theme" will not make any difference.
     
  3. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    Hi Chris,
    appreciate your input.

    I have only experience in wordpress CMS, therefor was researching the readily available WP themes which already feature plugins/widgets for the above requirement. Originally I was planning to upload the theme first that has the 'look and feel' which I'd like to have and later install the wooCommerce plugins. However, I discovered that most themes will have difficulties incorporating the Woo plugins.

    Then I was looking through some eCommerce themes on themeforest but couldn't find any which have both 1) digital downloads and 2) 'normal' items to be sold through the site. There are many good looking ones, but I thought of asking around for some experience before purchasing.

    I am OK with wordpress, some html and php, but with this project I need to minimise the workload on the programming and the experimentation with plugins (whether they work or not).

    Basically I would like a theme

    1) which is ideally wordpress

    and either

    1) features all the eCommerce plugins I need or
    2) that supports 3rd party plugins successfully.

    Finally, I don't have £1.5 - 2K to have this site designed by another web-designer company, which is the reason I am doing my research at the moment :)

    HTH clarification.

    Have you ever come across an eCommerce site that features both options
    1) download content and
    2) items to be delivered via post?

    Regards,
    Kris
     
  4. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've done it with BC before, easy peasy.

    if it's to be a digital download, you simply tick the box that says "digital product"
     
  5. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    Hi Pheaddee,
    thanks for your input.

    1) Has Business Catalyst (BC) serious advantages to WP or Magenta?
    2) Is there an alternative for hosting a BC site to this pricing:
    (I have only experience with WP, which can be free ex. -hosting and -domain)

    http://www.businesscatalyst.com/pricing/yearly

    Regards,
    Kris
     
  6. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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  7. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Or just use a "Paypal shopping cart" for your digital material payments.
     
  8. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    sure. I couldn't find the answer on their site, so have sent them an email... waiting for response. thanks, K
     
  9. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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  10. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    hi Chris,

    Thanks for these. I will have to inspect these plugins this weekend. Ideally I would like to have as many paying options as possible, not just paypal. Also, I think to minimise confusion, it would be great if there was one cart for both types of products.

    I had a look at few magento themes and read reviews on the difference between WP and Magento eCommerce websites. The later is more difficult to set up and maintain, however is probably safer for more complex websites.

    I might end up using Woo with WP for a while. Elsewhere I was suggested that Woo plugins have the feature to have both types of products in a cart.

    Will keep updating this post.

    Regards, K
     
  11. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Magento is a truly great system IF you are selling hundreds or thousands of disparate products with dozens of options available for them, it's not so great however, if you only have a limited range of products and do not need stock control.
     
  12. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    personally I prefer BC over WP, but that is just my preference, and I've yet to find anything WP can do that BC can't. The built in CRM, email campaigns and so forth makes it pretty handy, particularly when you have to "teach" your client how it works -- then there's the web apps which is really it's strong suit. It makes everything so simple.

    It's also easier to set up and quicker to build, plus it's all in one without the need for plugins, extra setups and fluffing about. You can be up and running in a few hours, and yes you can have multiple payment gateways/paypal

    -- having said that I'm sure the "purists" out there would like to argue it's a point and click set up like wix, etc...it can be if that's the way you want it to be, but more than likely they've just looked at it and made gross assumptions rather than using it and rolling it out for clients over many years like myself. (the partner portal is pretty handy for managing all your clients in the one spot, plus a monthly commission... once you've a substantial amount of clients, you've got a passive income right there.)

    You really have a lot of flexibility to set it up as you want and it only adds a few lines to the code.

    HTML:
    <!-- BC_OBNW -->
    <link href="/StyleSheets/ModuleStyleSheets.css" type="text/css" rel="StyleSheet" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/CatalystStyles/Box.css?vs=b2340.r424542" type="text/css" media="screen" /> 
    <script type="text/javascript" src="/CatalystScripts/Java_Box.js?vs=b2340.r424542"></script>
    
    keep in mind it is owned by adobe, so you wont be getting anything useful from their "helpdesk".

    if you have any pertinent questions about it, PM me.
     
  13. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    As for the pricing, you get what you pay for, and thats the ONLY thing you'll pay besides your domain registration. if you look at it, it's pretty damn cheap. and if it's too expensive at $30/mth then does the business really need a website anyway?
     
  14. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    good news, just quickly:

    To EDD:

    Hello EDD,
    Can I use your plugin to sell both:
    1) digital art (jpg, mp3) that can be downloaded
    as well as
    2) items, that need to be sent to the customers via post?
    Any help appreciated,
    Regards,
    Kris

    From EDD:

    Hi Krisztian,

    1. yes
    2. yes, with our simple shipping add-on
    https://easydigitaldownloads.com/extensions/simple-shipping/

    --
    Andrew Munro
    [email protected]
     
  15. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    hi Phreaddee,
    just read you reply. Thanks for the info on BC.

    The business at it's present stage is an experiment and until it get's steady I would simply host it on a subdomain, which won't cost anything. I am really new to this. I didn't anticipate that setting up a business website would bring so many questions. I was simply planning to have a WP with a nice theme and some WooCommerce plugins and voil√°.

    I think what people usually do in my shoes is to have a paypal gateway with a paypal template. If I end up not having time to develop a better website, it might serves for a while. However, it is alway better do have a robust system you can expand on than one that is convenient to set up, but is not flexible later.

    anyhow, I will update the post... thanks, K
     
  16. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Then your 'business' is going to fail, because when it comes down to running a real businesses, the adage of "Failing to plan is planning to fail" is 100% true
     
  17. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    I agree with the adage, however wouldn't use in this context as I never said that it is a part of the plan to not answer unanticipated questions :)

    Hofstadter's law wouldn't be perfect in this context either, but maybe more optimistic.
     
  18. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    which is why I don't actually think WP is the best option myself.
     
  19. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Yep but part of running a successful business is having a plan in place to deal with the unaticipated.

    Plan 'B' should never be "Get a different plan 'A' "

    Based on this question alone it appears that, like many "Internet business" plans, it started with "I'm going to use Wordpress, and I need a website that does everything", rather than

    "What do I need a website to do for my business"? THEN look for a platform to build it from, and if the foundation isn't solid, you can only build a bungalow.
     
  20. tedor2

    tedor2 New Member

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    somehow agree, however trial and error seems to have worked out for a few people as well... making mistakes, receiving constructive feedback, start with fresh energy and more knowledge is IMHO a good learning methodology (also).

    I will make sure that I know as much as possible about ECommerce webdesign before it goes live:)
     

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